Why You Should ALWAYS Leave Tree Cutting to the Pros

By: albertaarb - May 2, 2017

Lots of people have the skills and interest in tackling DIY projects—repainting the family room or even putting up a new wall. But there are some jobs that are best left to professionals. Cutting down trees is one of them. Read on to learn why tree cutting can be dangerous, and why tree care specialists have the know-how and the equipment to get the job done right the first time.

The Hidden Dangers of Cutting Down Trees

People can die while cutting down trees. They could fall to their deaths, as did a Toronto-area man in 2013. Electrocution is another risk. The tree or its branches could hit electrical wires, bringing them down. If someone gets caught in the wires, the electrical current could kill them. The person cutting down the tree needs to be alert to the surroundings. If that person doesn’t check that the area is clear, the falling tree could seriously injure or kill someone.

Who Should Cut Down Trees?

If you shouldn’t do it yourself, who’s the best person to cut down trees? The answer is a certified arborist. An arborist is someone who’s been trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining trees. The International Society of Arboriculture offers training and certification for arborists. Earning certification means that a tree care professional has not only passed a course but also that he or she agrees to adhere to a code of ethics and take continuing education classes in arboriculture to maintain that certification. The focus on continuing education helps arborists stay up to date with the latest developments in the field.

What Measures Do Arborists Take to Cut Down Trees Safely?

For a start, they bring the right gear to the job. That includes tree cutting equipment as well as safety accessories such as goggles. Moreover, they know how to use their equipment properly. Arborists are trained to use chainsaws, cranes, and wood chippers to bring down a tree without injuring anyone or causing property damage. Second, arborists are well-versed in what risks exist when cutting down a tree. One risk is electrocution. A tree could be too close to a power line, and arborists don’t assume that the wire isn’t live. Another hazard is decaying wood, which is unstable. Certified arborists understand how to prop up the tree so that it won’t suddenly fall and cause injury. There are also the effects of gravity to consider. Arborists know, based on the tree’s weight and size, roughly in which direction and how quickly the tree will fall. They will cut it and support it with ropes so that they have more control over the fall.

Turn to a Trusted Arborist for Your Tree Removal Needs

Do you have a tree that needs to be removed? Contact a certified arborist. Tree removal is dangerous—don’t trust anyone except for a certified expert to remove your tree. They’ve got the knowledge, tools, and experience to ensure that the tree comes down safely. At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property. Click here to contact us or call the number at the top of the page for a free, no-obligation estimate of your job.  

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